A false advertisement for a CBD company used an image and quote from Tom Hanks—except it wasn’t a real endorsement. CannaPro CBD released an ad with a fake endorsement from Hanks and Dr. Oz. The advertisement forced Hanks to issue an announcement to clear it up. Unfortunately, fake celebrity endorsements are popping up everywhere.
“The advances Dr. Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable,” the ad read, claiming to be quoting Hanks. “I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me.”
“This is false and an intentional hoax,” Hanks posted on his social accounts with a screenshot of the fake ad. “I’ve never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man! Hanx!”
It’s not the first time that a CBD company has claimed to have his endorsement. He slammed an similar fake ad last year, calling it a “FRAUD! INTERNET FAKE!”
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was also involved in the fake endorsement, tweeted support for Hanks. “This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally,” he tweeted. “I am not involved with any cannabis companies.” Dr. Oz encountered fake CBD brands last year, warning his viewers of “con artists” who are simply trying to capitalize on the CBD industry, which is often exciting to uninformed CBD consumers. He encouraged his viewers to take their money elsewhere, unless it is a reliable company.
Montel Williams encountered the same problem about two years ago, despite having his own legit CBD product line. Williams was forced to sue the CBD companies after they continued to falsify quotes from the former talk show host.